Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Jallikattu becomes safer for bulls, but over 90 men in hospital

Participants trying to tame a bull during Jallikattu festival, organised as part of the Pongal festival, at Alanganallur near Madurai on Thursday. (PTI) Participants trying to tame a bull during Jallikattu festival, organised as part of the Pongal festival, at Alanganallur near Madurai on Thursday. (PTI)
Press Trust of India | Madurai | Posted: January 16, 2014 6:04 pm

At least 90 people were injured in ‘Jallikattu’, or bull run, three events held in different parts of Tamil Nadu as per the guidelines of Supreme Court and Tamil Nadu Jallikattu Regulation Act.

jallikattu4Following long standing complaints from animal rights activists about cruelty to the animals, authorities had this time ensured that the bulls were not subjected to harassment and administered intoxicants.

jallikattu1The bulls were medically examined prior to the event and it was also ensured that the bull tamers were not inebriated, they said.

jallikattu3While the bulls had a easy run due to this, about 50 persons sustained injuries, seven of them seriously, in the event held at Alanganallur near Madurai as part of Pongal festivities on Thursday, the police said.  Those injured included bull tamers and members of the audience. The seriously injured were admitted to Government Rajaji hospital, while others were treated as out patients. Runs were also held in Tiruchirapalli.

jallikattu5A total of 552 bulls, including from the neighbouring districts of Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram and Theni, were brought for the sport.

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